Titans hire away Seahawks' Reinfeldt

Titans hire away Seahawks' Reinfeldt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans finally replaced their general manager Monday by hiring Mike Reinfeldt, Seattle's vice president of football operations, as the successor to Floyd Reese.

Reese resigned Jan. 5, a month before his contract expired.

The Titans interviewed seven candidates before paring the list to three finalists, and Reinfeldt interviewed with owner Bud Adams on Feb. 2 in Houston. Negotiations on a contract with Reinfeldt started Feb. 5, and the deal was completed Monday to bring him back to the franchise where he played eight of his nine NFL seasons as a safety.

Reinfeldt is the first general manager Adams has had to hire since 1994, when he promoted Reese from assistant general manager.

Adams said he was pleased to bring a former Oiler back to the franchise.

"He was a fabulous player for us, has been an outstanding football man at Seattle and Green Bay, and I have every confidence that he will do a great job here as well," Adams said in a statement.

The Titans planned to introduce Reinfeldt at a news conference Tuesday.

Reinfeldt played for the Houston Oilers between 1976 and 1983, and he led the NFL with 12 interceptions in 1979.

He has a master's of business administration in management and finance and has worked in the front office for the Los Angeles Raiders, the Green Bay Packers and most recently with the Seahawks.

Under Reese, the Titans were 111-102 and made its only Super Bowl appearance in January 2000.

Reinfeldt was the Los Angeles Raiders' chief financial officer between 1985 and 1987, then associate athletic director at the University of Southern California.

Reinfeldt was with Green Bay eight seasons during the '90s, starting as chief financial officer and then being named vice president of administration.

Mike Holmgren picked Reinfeldt in 1999 to join him in Seattle as senior vice president, and Reinfeldt spent seven of the last eight seasons with the Seahawks. He returned as a consultant in February 2005 and was key in signing Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones to new contracts before they became free agents.

He also negotiated new deals with running back Shaun Alexander after his MVP season in 2005 and with linebacker Julian Peterson.

Reinfeldt was part of the decision to designate Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson a transition player instead of a franchise player last offseason. Hutchinson signed with Minnesota in free agency after the Vikings included an unprecedented "poison pill" contract provision Seattle could not match.